John Cowdery

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John J. Cowdery
Member of the Alaska Senate
from the O (previously I) district
In office
January 2001 – January 2009
Preceded bySean Parnell
Succeeded byKevin Meyer
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 17th district
In office
January 1997 – January 2001
Preceded bySean Parnell
Succeeded byLesil McGuire
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 8th district
In office
January 1983 – January 1985
Serving with Sam Pestinger[1]
Preceded bynone - newly created district (redistricting)
Succeeded byFritz Pettyjohn
Personal details
John Joe Cowdery

(1930-02-11)February 11, 1930
Near Adrian, Missouri
DiedJuly 13, 2013(2013-07-13) (aged 83)
Anchorage, Alaska
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceAnchorage, Alaska

John Joe Cowdery (February 11, 1930 – July 13, 2013) was a Republican member of the Alaska Senate, representing the O District from 2001 through 2008. He was previously a member of the Alaska House of Representatives from 1982 through 1984, and from 1997 through 2000.[2]

In 2008 Cowdery was indicted on charges of conspiracy and bribery for his actions in attempting to bribe another senator, Donny Olsen, to support a proposal, favored by executives in Alaska's oil industry, concerning oil leases and petroleum production taxes.[3][dead link]

In January 2008, in poor health and under investigation, he indicated that he would decline to file for reelection.[4]

Olson was the only Democratic legislator known to have been offered a bribe, and the only officeholder who turned down the illegal offers.

In 2009 Cowdery was sentenced to six months in home confinement and fined $25,000.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Originally from Adrian, Missouri, he and his wife Juanita had one child.[6] He died July 13, 2013, at the age of 83.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Urban legislative districts in Alaska at the time were two-member districts with designated seats A and B. Cowdery held Seat A.
  2. ^ News and Information from Alaska State Representative John Cowdery
  3. ^ Cowdery indicted on corruption charges | John Cowdery | Archived 2013-02-04 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Cowdery will not seek re-election Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, Juneau Empire, Associated Press, January 4, 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  5. ^ Mauer, Richard Cowdery gets 6 months home confinement Archived 2013-09-22 at the Wayback Machine Anchorage Daily News, 10 March 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2013
  6. ^ John Cowdery's Political Summary - Project Vote Smart
  7. ^ John Cowdery, Former Alaska Lawmaker, Dies at the Age of 83 - Archived 2013-09-23 at the Wayback Machine

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